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New Titanium Tip Stick from Beaver Dam

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For Immediate Release:

New Titanium Tip Stick from Beaver Dam first of its kind!

Includes Built-In titanium “Spring Bobber”

Beaver Dam is known for the best tip up on the planet so it’s no surprise that they enter the ice rod and combo market with guns blazing and tips glowing. The new Titanium Tip Stick is the first rod that comes standard with a built-in, retractable, no memory, titanium spring bobber so anglers can switch from jigging Kastmaster’s for walleyes with the tip recessed, to finessing panfish with the tip extended.

The rod is made of High Modulus carbon fiber and comes with a fitted cork reel seat with built-in rattles that transmit fish-attracting vibrations below the ice. Why go to the fish when you can draw them into to you!

-Three Rods in One!
1- Ultra-light jigging for panfish
2- Retract spring bobber for gamefish
3- Deadsticking

-Available in 23” UL. 26” ML, and 29” M actions
-Available in a combo that includes custom ice-specific spinning reel with three ball-bearings, aluminum spool, size 300.

Hard & Soft Fishing has roots dating back to 1922, when their first brand, Uncle Josh, began manufacturing in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. They have grown to represent nearly every tackle category on the market for both ice and open-water fishing. From the Pacific to the Atlantic and all the lakes and rivers in-between, they produce bait and tackle that has been helping anglers catch more fish for decades. Employees don’t simply produce tackle, the use it on the weekends.


contact: ddurbin@bastdurbin.com or jbast@bastdurbin.com

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Ringold County Recreational Land Auction

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Ringold County Recreational Land Auction
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
American Legion Hall
1302 S. Cleveland St.
Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Location from Mt. Ayr:
6 miles east on HWY 2 to P64 pavement, south 3 ¾ miles to 270th, 1 mile west on 270th (rd. turns north and becomes 280th), ½ mile north (16 miles west of I-35 on Hwy 2)

Parcel #1 acres m/l timber and pasture land: Offering 75 acres m/l of which FSA reports 35.7 acres crop land currently CRP. Balance timber! CRP contract: 35.7 acres @ $69.11=$2.467.22 annually. Contract Period: 10/01/07-09/30/2017. Taxes: $273.27

Parcel #2 126 acres m/l timber and pasture land: Offering 126 acres m/l of which FSA reports 62.9 acres crop land currently in CRP. Balance in timber! CRP contract: 62.9 acres @ $69.11=$4,347 annually. Contract period 10/01/07-09/30/2017. Taxes: $454.86

Terms: Cash, 10% down payment day of auction with balance due on or about December 23, 2014.

Auctioneer’s Note: Your opportunity to purchase rolling pasture, hay and timber land perfect for the outdoors man! With easy access west of Interstate 35 via Highway 2, this land is a hunters’ paradise! Located in a remote part of Athen’s and Poe Townships, but only 6 miles east of the county seat town of Mt. Ayr! Heavy timber and ponds in the area, large deer and other wildlife population are abundant!

Daughtery Auction and Real Estate Services, Inc
Kelly Daughtery, Chad Daughtery – Auctioneers
416 Greene St.
Adel, IA

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Land Auction

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 10:00 AM
OR 7 Miles West & South of Lovilia OR 7 Miles North & West of Georgetown
Watch for Auction Signs

240 Acres m/l
Sections 25, 26, 35 & 36, Cedar Township, Monroe County, Iowa

TRACT I – 200 Acres: Including approximately 80 acres open pasture land, balance timber; 2 ponds; Good perimeter fencing. Improvements include a 1-story, ranch-style dwelling with 1,152 square feet, sitting on a full, poured concrete basement, with a 16’x24’ attached garage. Outbuildings include a 30’x60’ pole barn plus other outbuildings. Rural water serves this property.
TRACT II – 40 Acres: Including 26 acres of open pasture land, balance timber; 1 pond; and a 52’x60’ pole barn. This tract is adjacent to Tract I on the west side with gravel road frontage.
TRACT III: A combination of Tracts I & II. This farm provides and is surrounded by an excellent wildlife habitat.

TERMS: 20% down day of sale, balance in cash upon delivery of a Court Officer Deed, accompanied by Abstract of Title showing merchantable title. Real estate taxes will be pro-rated to possession date, possession given upon settlement.

For further particulars or an appointment to inspect the property, please call the auction company: 641-682-5465.
Watch future sale ads for tractors and equipment also being sold.
Announcements made day of sale take precedence over any advertising.

307 Church St., Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: 641-682-5465 Website: www.almartinauction.net

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Tri-state Rod Builders Workshop near CR 9/20/14

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Sept. 20, 2014 - Saturday – Tri-state Rod Builders Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center
10260 Morris Hills Road
Toddville, Iowa 52341

I apologize for any cross posting – want to get the word out! Please pass onto others as you can!

Come and learn about rod building with many masters of the art form from throughout the Midwest at a beautiful Nature Center outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are arranging a variety of topics, demonstrations and exhibitors. Current presenters include Mark Blabaum, Sam Fox, Kyle Robinson, Andy Wolfram, a session on how to photograph your creations effectively by the past President of the Linn Area Photo Club – Bob Lancaster, and others are in the works. The meeting is free to anyone interested in rod building from beginners to professionals and all should leave with new thoughts and ideas on how to build better fishing rods. We will take a good will donation to cover food expenses at lunch. We will be drawing for a limited number of door prizes at the end of the day. Current sponsors of the event and door prizes include Batson Enterprises, Bingham Enterprises, Linn County Conservation Department, Midwest Rod & Reel, MudHole.com, Rodguild, Archies Handles, and possibly others that are yet to commit. We will have some complete kits, some blanks and other items you would love to carry home!

Topics we intend to cover this year include making dragon scales, shrink wrap grips, photographing your creations, Rod Building for Business or Pleasure?, Balancing form with function, Component fit and finish for a professional look and much more.

Part of the program this year may be a show and tell session with the rods folks have brought in to display their craft. We also will have a limited time at the end of the day for a little swap meet so bring in anything related to building fishing rods for a bit of buy, sell or trade.

Bill Pulk from Midwest Rod and Reel will be present and will offer a 10% discount on any orders placed with him through Sept. 13 with the merchandise available at the event – plus you will avoid the shipping charges. He offers Batson Enterprises components and blanks, if you wish to see his website look at his website here: http://www.midwestrodandreel.com/ If you want to just take a look at some components or shake some blanks you will be able to do that at the show as well. I call this a win,win,win.

For more information or to RSVP so we can plan an appropriate amount of food please contact Chuck at (319) 892-6485 or at Chuck.Ungs@LinnCounty.org There will be time during the day to network with other builders – what a great way to share your craft!

For those who have built custom rods before - please bring a few along to display your work, we’ll have racks set up to display all the works of art - it is always a learning experience to see what other folks have designed. During the workshop the last several years we’ve had visitors here from as many as 6 or 7 states. Hope to see you here.

For location you can click on this link for either a satellite view or a map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217452777252840541028.0004bee7249aea224c3e2&msa=0&ll=42.082697%2C-91.764486&spn=0.001439%2C0.002401

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Long Bow Building Workshop, Central City IA 6/21-22

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Saturday, June 21 - 22, 2014

Pinicon Ridge County Park near Central City

Over time, many types of building skills have been lost to modern manufacturing. A skill that is still used today, as it has been for generations, is bow building. If you have an interest in building your own longbow with the help of an experienced instructor, this is your chance. Gene Winter has been building bows for many years and will be sharing his skill with workshop participants on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. The workshop will be held at Riverside Shelter in Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City.

Workshop cost is $220 per person which includes one stave. Additional staves may be purchased for an additional cost. Pre-registration by June 18th is required, as class size is limited. For more information or to pre-register, contact Chuck at 892-6485.

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Tri-state Rodbuilders Workshop 3/29 near Dubuque, IA

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Tri-state Rodbuilders workshop in Peosta March 29, 9-4!

Held at the Swiss Valley Nature Center – 13606 Swiss Valley Rd – Peosta, IA 52068.

Join the fun as the traveling fishing rod building event returns to its roots near Dubuque. If you have been to the workshop at Wickiup Hill you realize what a great learning experience these events can be for those interested in building custom rods. We should have a good line up and should cover quite a few topics. Ed Karwacki will be presenting a demonstration on dying wood handles, Al Engling will be doing a presentation on Butt Cap Inserts, Mark Blabaum will be presenting inlaying objects into grips with casting resin. Andy Wolfram will be presenting skinning foam cores with carbon fiber. I may have one more presenter on Morton Guide Placement, but haven’t verified that. Scott Kleppe will have American Tackle prizes and Microwave Guide set ups for several complete kits to give away. The presentations will benefit builders of all skill levels from beginners to professionals.

Please send an RSVP to Mark Blabaum @ Hellsangler@live.com or let us know here on the Tri-State Rod Builders Facebook page if you will be attending, to plan ahead for food or to contact us for more information. The workshop is free – goodwill donations accepted for lunch. Bill Pulk from Midwest Rod and Reel will be there to sell components, also if you would like to place an order with Bill, he’s offering a 10% discount and will bring the components to the gathering saving you shipping. You can contact Bill at Bill@midwestrodandreel.com or you can call him at 612-720-5268. Bill’s web site is http://www.midwestrodandreel.com/ .

I’d like to also offer a table or two for attendees to bring some of your unused or unwanted components to swap or sell, I’d like to run that through the lunch hour. I’m providing lunch and will be accepting a goodwill donation for the food. There is no admission and the day is free to any that would like to attend, please RSVP to let me know how much food to bring.

I’m planning on opening the doors at 9:00 am for a meet and greet and will start off the presenters at 9:30.

Swiss Valley Nature Center 13606 Swiss Valley Road - Google Maps


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Fall Walleye Fishing

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Fall Walleye Fishing, Fall Fishing
Article by guest poster: Cody Brown

While hunting and steelhead fishing takes the prime interest of many outdoorsmen in the fall, for me fall is walleye time. As any die hard angler will tell you fall is definitely a time to get out on the water. All species of fish are on overdrive when it comes to feeding this time of year. The reason being is that fish are building up their fat reserves for winter, this is no different with the elusive Walleye. With this happening those who are willing to brave the weather and sacrifice some sleep have a great opportunity at some Walleye.

I like to get out just before sun down to as late as 2 or 3am and possibly even sunup if I’m feeling adventurous. Just being out on the water will not fill the live well, Walleye are very structure oriented fish so your first task should be to locate any possible fish holding structure. This can be rip rap shorelines, sunken islands, drop offs, and many other types of structure. My preference in the fall usually focuses on rocky areas and especially rocky windblown points. The reason being, that this is the only consistent type of hiding structure readily available this time of year for bait fish and other food sources. By this time of year weeds that would have served as a home for these food sources earlier have now died off pushing them into the rocks.

Now that we have found our structure we must now select a bait or lure to use. As most Walleye fisherman will tell say it is hard to beat a jig. I am a big believer in Northland Fishing Tackle Jigs and use them religiously. I usually use the Northland Fireball jig with a bigger profile artificial such as a 4″ Gulp minnow. With a jig I use a snap jigging approach which consists of simply popping the jig forward on a retrieve or troll. If your not that into jig fishing you can also try shad style Crankbaits or Stickbaits. Just remember natural looking baits for clear water and bright baits for dirtier water. With shad style baits its hard to beat a traditional shad rap size 5 or 7 and a Salmo Hornet. These two lures alone have contributed to many tournament wins in national walleye circuits. For stickbaits I prefer Storm Lures Thunderstick Jr’s, #9/#11 Rapala Minnows, and #12 Rapala Husky Jerks. These baits work good for me year round. Whether you choose a shad style Crankbait or a Stickbait both lures work great casted or trolled. If trolling shoot for a speed anywhere from 1.5-3 mph. You may find that on certain days you may need to go faster or slower than these speeds. Also at night you might want to consider using planer boards to reduce scaring fish if fishing shallow. If casting switch up retrieves until you get something to work. Anything from a simple retrieve to a stop and go retrieve can work.

These are by no means the only ways to catch Walleye this time of year and anglers should experiment as much as possible. However you decide to go about fall Walleye fishing always remember the guy out fishing always catches more than the guy sitting at home!

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Winter Urban Trout Stock - Lake Petocka

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What: The Iowa DNR will be stocking the lake with 1,500 trout
When: January, 25th
Time: Stocking will be between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Lake Petocka

Lunch will be served to the first 225! First come first serve.

Bring the family out for fish, food, and fun!!!

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A Hunt For The Ages!

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Posted for Larry Richards:

Jan 13 2012 I received and email from Bonnet Plume outfitters where I had hunted sheep. "Your wonderful wife has asked me to arrange a moose hunt for you, how does Sept 2013 sound” Think I turned her down? I am at the stage of my life where I do not wish any of the time left away, but I admit to looking forward a lot for the next 20 months as I gathered "stuff" for my next adventure. A heavier sleeping bag, some new boots, a new load for my gun, and a few other necessities were gradually accumulated. A second spot was open, and I twisted Dr. Stanley's arm until he decided to go as well. I think Connie wanted me to stay in "sheep shape", and I managed to stay close.

Sept 18 found us flying by way of Denver, and Vancouver to Whitehorse Yukon. No glitches at security, TSA, or customs were found, and all our gear arrived as well. We were scheduled to fly into base camp on the 20th, so I set out on the 19th to show Bill the sights I knew. As we returned at noon for lunch, we found that we were being sought, and the rest of our group was waiting at the airport for an early flight in to escape weather which threatened to stop flying for several days. A leisurely, night long, packing turned into a frantic rush, as we were ready to fly within 30 minutes. I love these charter bush flights, right above and even between the mountains until we landed on the gravel strip, to be greeted by our hosts and the last group of hunters flying out. We were cautioned not to be dismayed if we did not equal the 71-inch specimen that one had gotten, in that it would approach world record numbers. Some gun sighting, form signing, and companion greeting over we began to head for our respective spike camps. Some by horse, some by plane, some by ATV and me by boat.

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